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Sewing meditation cushions / yoga cushions - instructions for making yourself

  • Material and preparation
  • Sew yoga pillow
  • variations
  • Quick guide

Meditation has been known for ages. Once you have tried it, you notice the soothing effect. It relaxes unbelievably. To meditate you should sit down as comfortably as possible or lie down. Personally, I usually sit, as I run the risk of falling asleep immediately. ">

Depending on how big your meditation cushion should be, you need the appropriate substances or can use your leftovers. This form of yoga pillow is not just for meditation. As soon as several people are sitting together, it is more comfortable with pillows, and they do not even have to lie on the floor. Even kids love these meditation cushions. One time you sit on it, another time you build it into your castle. There are countless possibilities!

Difficulty level 1/5
(this manual is also suitable for beginners)

Material costs 1/5
(from EUR 0, - from your rest box up to EUR 50, - from high-quality fabrics with decorative material)

Time expenditure 1/5
(The instructions shown here can help you with the finished pattern in half an hour)

Material and preparation

The material selection

Non-stretchable fabrics are generally better suited for meditation cushions. Also happy firmer decoration fabrics, especially for the bottom part. Gladly these can also be combined. For beginners, stretchy materials may not be optimal in this case. They are possible, but then reinforce with ironing insert. The fabrics should not be too filigree, because such a pillow but has to do some things, especially if you have children at home.

I opted for cotton woven fabric. My fabrics are all provided with the same child motif in different colors. A combination fabric dances out of line, this I have provided for the side height. The floor I make from natural linen fabric.

The amount of material

Depending on the diameter of the pad you will need more or less fabric. You can also create the yoga pillow completely from leftovers. Also, the edge (the height) can be divided arbitrarily. You can sew long, thin strips together, small squares, triangles - as you like it.

The pattern

My yoga pillow should have a diameter of 40 cm. For this I draw a quarter circle with a radius of 20 cm on a piece of paper.

Tip: You can either - as I here in my instructions - with a ruler at intervals again and again 20 cm from the corner measure and draw and then connect the individual points to a circle or you bind a piece of thread to a pen, hold the Thread exactly in the corner (so it is 20 cm long) and move the pen in a bow. Of course you can also use other suitable utensils from your household such as a large bowl or the like.

If you want, you can now crop directly. In that case, you get a quarter of your meditation cushion and can use up to four different fabrics. I have decided to divide into eighth circles again, in which my four substances repeat themselves in the same order.

For the lateral height strip of my yoga cushion s, I now have to calculate the circumference. For this I use - as with my instructions for a bread basket - the following formula:

U = diameter x 3.14

So my scope is 40 x 314 = 125.6 . In addition, I reckon 2x my seam allowance of 0.7 cm, so I need a strip of cloth with a length of 127 cm. The height is again a matter of taste. I opted for 12 cm including seam allowances. In addition, I cut a cloth square of about 16 x 16 cm. This will later be used to carry the finished yoga cushion.

I now need 2x each one-eighth of the circle per motif. For this I put my halved quadrant on my motif fabric and cut with seam allowance.

Tip: Especially when working with scraps it can sometimes be scarce. However, for motifs that have a "top / bottom", it pays to work a bit more closely, so that all motives are directed either outwards or inwards. That just looks much nicer!

Sew yoga pillow

As with patchwork, I now put on my tailor-made fabric parts as I would like to sew them. Then I put them in exactly this order on top of each other, take the top two from the stack, put them right to right and sew them together. Then I unfold them, take the next eighth from the stack, put it right again on the right and sew it back on. Until I can close my circle.

Tip: If you have not met the center exactly, the cut was not optimal, or you just do not like it, there are several ways to fix it. For example with an application in the middle of the circle. You can also sew a larger button right in the middle. For a particularly nice result, cover it with iron-on fleece and fabric before sewing it on.

The seam allowances can be ironed out. Then I put this circle on the linen fabric, which is planned for the bottom of the meditation cushion and cut it to the same size.

For the side height, I sew the long strip of fabric into a ring by bringing the ends together. The square is also folded in half and sewn together. Then I iron the seam allowances apart. The former square I turn and iron so flat that the seam is in the middle. Then I put this piece with the seam side to the right side of the ring and pin it down.

Then I bring the ring by means of pins directly to the circle in position and sew once around. Similarly, I move to the bottom, with a turn-around of about 10 cm should be scheduled here. After turning, I iron again the seam allowances at the turning opening inwards. Here you can see well, as the attachment of the "carrier" is meant.

Classically, yoga pillows are filled with grain fur. With the addition of herbs or fragrance oils. The latter I would just use sparingly in meditations. For other applications but also all otherwise known filling materials can be used. From cotton wool to cherry pits to scraps of fabric.
Also, the meditation cushion is completely closed either by hand by means of a mattress seam or by a short edge with the sewing machine with a simple straight stitch.

And the yoga pillow is ready!


Especially beautiful is a strip of hills with folds. Whether you lay simple folds, which always lie in the same direction or install box folds, is up to your taste. However, remember to include the additional required material in the length of your marginal strip!

The top can also consist of a complete piece of fabric. Whether with motif or without, with embroidery, application or simply - make your meditation cushion according to your personal taste.

The edges can each be piped. However, this is not an easy exercise and for beginners only with much peace and patience to implement. Particularly beautiful is a pillow made of muted fabrics with piping in bright colors or even with patterns.

Quick guide

1. Create a pattern according to the instructions or print the finished pattern
2. Calculate the circumference, cut the height strip and the carrier strip
3. Divide top as desired and cut to size
4. Sew together pieces of fabric until a complete circle is formed
5. If applicable, attach the application
6. Close the height strip to the ring, sew together the handle square and turn it over
7. Attach the height strip first at the top, then at the bottom fabric (turning opening!)
8. Turn and fill.

And done!

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